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Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company is defined in many ways by minimalism; their website, labels, and brewing facilities all reflect that mantra.  While many breweries may have some sort of long winded mission statement, Maine’s is simple: Do the Right Thing. At Maine Beer Company, doing the right thing means taking care of the environment and its creatures. They’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate a minimum of 1% of their sales to environmental charities worldwide.  They also support The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Allied Whale,  in addition to buying wind credits, recycling as much as possible in the brewery, and donating their spent grain to local farmers.

At this point, they have seven beers: Peeper, Zoe, Mo, Mean Old Tom, King Titus (which is new!), Collaboration Time 1 with Lawson’s Finest Liquid, and Lunch. Lunch is Maine Beer Company’s IPA; they describe it as “the East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA.  Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate.  A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.”

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch
Lunch pours a rich copper color with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, but there is a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as I drink.
The aroma is lovely; it's bright and grassy, with notes of tropical fruits and light pinyness. You can smell a little bit of biscuity malt in the background to balance things out.
The pine comes out more strongly in the taste, but not in unappealing way; there are brighter citrus notes following the pine, as well as grassy and floral notes. This paired nicely with the sweetness of the malt presence-- which I was surprised was more caramel-y than biscuity. To quote my roommate, 'Woah. This is really good.'
Lunch has a medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. It's very easy to drink, which at 7% could end poorly if you're not paying attention.
I think I paid $6 for a 16oz bottle of this; It's a touch expensive for what I would normally pay, but given it's rarity and demand, it's not unreasonable.
I really enjoyed this IPA; it was well balanced, easy to drink, and shows nuance in their hop usage. As Russ noted last week, I'm 'vehemently' anti-Simcoe, so kudos to them for making a simcoe hopped beer (along with centennial, warrior and amarillo) that I enjoy. I highly recommend trying Lunch if you have the chance.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 16oz
ABV: 7.00%
BA Score: 95
RB Score: 99

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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